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The English language

Author: R W Burchfield
Publisher: Oxford [Oxfordshire] ; New York : Oxford University Press, 1986.
Series: OPUS.; Oxford paperbacks.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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The English language, in its earliest period, was spoken by a few thousand people, most of whom were illiterate. Today, more than 300 million people speak and write English as their first language. In this book, Robert Burchfield takes us on a brief tour of our ever-changing language as he surveys its history and development and assesses its current state. An eloquent guide, Burchfield examines the complexities of  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: R W Burchfield
ISBN: 0192891618 9780192891617
OCLC Number: 13642490
Notes: "OPUS."
Description: viii, 194 pages ; 20 cm.
Contents: Some preliminary considerations --
From runes to printing --
From William Caxton to George Washington: 1476-1776 --
The Disjunctive period: 1776 to the present day --
Literature, ritualistic works, and language --
The Recording of English in dictionaries and grammars --
Vocabulary --
Pronunciation and spelling --
The Syntactical arrangement of words --
Dispersed forms of English.
Series Title: OPUS.; Oxford paperbacks.
Responsibility: Robert Burchfield.
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Dr Burchfield describes the changes that have transformed the English Language from the relative uniformity of Anglo-Saxon to the varieties of English spoken throughout the world today. He discusses  Read more...

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